The early kick-off game and most talked about league match of the weekend was absolutely entertaining, jaw-dropping and mind-blowing. Here are my three game analyses:
CITY STUTTER, CHELSEA SURGE:
Going into this game, the record books laid it all bare. City were winless in their three home games and undefeated since their capitulation against Spurs and have kept only 2 clean sheets, while Chelsea were on a seven-game winning streak, have kept 7 clean sheets and were last defeated in the match against Arsenal. The die was cast: Will City end Chelsea’s winning streak? Can Chelsea ruffle City’s feathers and prove their doubters wrong?
Ultimately, the clash of the super-rich clubs of Manchester’s blue half and London’s pride was billed as a must-watch. City were dominant and deservedly took the lead, but their lack of defensive organisation, finishing touch, and maturity swung the game in Chelsea’s favour. Well-executed counterattacking moves, defensive resolve, maturity and precise finishing killed City’s kindred spirits. Pep and City had their work cut out, while Conte and Chelsea walked head high.
TACTICAL BATTLE PRODUCES A WINNER:
Pep and Conte are seen as game changers with their tactical nous.
Pep’s principles and Conte’s commandments also made this game a must-watch. City were the better side in the first half as they punched several holes in the Chelsea defense. They were breathtaking and all over the blues asking daunting questions of the Chelsea team with precise & incisive passes, free -flowing football, but were let down by poor finishing to lead by a huge margin. Whatever Conte’s half time team talk was all about, it’s only imperative to state that it’s working magic. Like against Spurs, we were a goal down and later went on to win 3-1 against arguably the best team and coach in the country. Conte got his tactics right as City’s defense couldn’t measure up. When City led, Conte provided solutions, but when Chelsea led, Pep was flat.
Another difference maker was in the mentality of the teams. City wasted chances and Chelsea took theirs. While City’s striker Sergio Aguero missed glorious chances, Chelsea’s Diego Costa scored with his team’s first shot on target. Pep’s constant bickering at the officials was a letdown and was more exemplified by his players’ reactions which led to the melee at the end. When Chelsea were down, they sought ways to surge, but when City were down, they turned into sore losers.
More of the same from this Chelsea team. Cheers!